Failed Substation Blamed for Massive NJ Power Outages

At one point, more than 60,000 customers were without power.

Wednesday, Mar 9, 2011  |  Updated 10:41 AM EDT
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Failed Substation Blamed for Massive NJ Power Outages

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Authorities have restored power to thousands of residents in New Jersey after a failed substation knocked out electricity to homes throughout Bergen County this morning, officials said.

At one point, more than 60,000 customers were affected by the outage.

PSE&G blamed a failed substation for the outage. The utility said a transformer failed during routine switching at the Ridgefield substation at about 9 a.m.

The failure caused several 230,000-volt transmission lines to trip out, which shut down the Ridgefield and Leonia substations and caused a wide-spread power outage throughout southern Bergen County.

Power had been restored to all customers by 10:15 a.m.

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